Response to COVID-19 - Bell County Information Updates
FAQ's - Frequently Asked Questions
To validate if a business in considered essential, visit the Texas Division of Emergency Management website.
Seniors age 60 and older impacted by the COVID-19 stay in place order are eligible for meals. Click Here for more information.
For information on loans for small businesses impacted by COVID-19, visit the Small Business Administration website.
Visit the Bell County Public Health District website to view an updated list of the number of COVID-19 cases in Bell County.
Emergency Orders related to COVID-19
May 18, 2020. The next wave of openings from the Governors Open Texas Plan were announced. Child care centers, youth clubs and massage parlors may re-open today. Bars, bingo parlors, bowling alleys, rodeos and zoos may re-open May 22. Professional sports, without in-person spectators, and youth camps may re-open May 31. In addition, restaurants may increase capacity up to 50% starting Friday.
However, opening dates are pushed back by one week in El Paso, Polk, Randall, Moore, Potter and Deaf Smith Counties due to hospital capacity and an increase of cases.
Below you can find the list of openings along with operating guidelines.
In Effect May 31, 2020
- Day Youth Camp Operators
- Day Youth Camp Families
- Overnight Youth Camp Operators
- Overnight Youth Camp Families
- Professional Sports Without In-Person Spectators
In Effect May 22, 2020
- Bar Patrons
- Bowling Alleys, Bingo Halls, Simulcasting, Skating Rinks
- Bowling, Bingo, Simulcasting, Skating Customers
- Rodeo / Equestrian Events
- Zoos, Aquariums, Natural Caverns
- Zoo, Aquarium, Natural Cavern Visitors
Now in Effect as of May 18, 2020
- Child Care Centers
- Child Care Families
- Massage and Personal-Care, Beauty Services
- Massage and Personal-Care, Beauty Service Customers
- Youth Clubs
- Youth Club Participants
- Youth Sports Operators
- Youth Sports Families
Effective May 18, 2020
- Gyms / Exercise Facilities (Updated May 18, 2020)
- Gym / Exercise Facility Patrons (Updated May 18, 2020)
- Manufacturers (Updated May 18, 2020)
- Office-Based Employers (Updated May 18, 2020)
- Office-Based Employees (Updated May 18, 2020)
May 7, 2020. Governor Abbott issued Executive Order EO-GA-22 which eliminates confinement as a punishment for violating any prior or existing state or local executive order related to COVID-19. The modification is retroactive to April 2nd and supersedes local orders.
May 5, 2020. Executive Order EO-GA-21 was issued, which allows barbershops, nail salons, hair salons, tanning salons, and swimming pools to re-open at 25 percent capacity on Friday, May 8, 2020. These establishments are required to ensure six feet of social distancing occurs. In addition, guidance documents for both the shop and the customers were provided on the Open Texas website.
Bell County/Bell County Public Health District Press Conferences, Documents and News Releases
- Bell County Press Conferences
- Local Disaster Declaration
- News Release 1
- News Release 2
- News Release 3
- News Release 4
- News Release 5
CISA Guidance - Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce During COVID-19
County Office Updates
District Courts, County Courts at Law and Justice of the Peace Courts
An Order Extending Prior Administrative Order was signed by Judge Gordon G. Adams on April 28, 2020. The Bell County District Courts, the Bell County Courts at Law, and the Bell County Justice of the Peace Courts will continue to provide essential functions through June 1, 2020. This Order Extending Prior Administrative Order includes the suspension of all jury trials through July 1, 2020. Click Here to view the Administrative Order.
Examples of essential functions include criminal magistration proceedings, CPS removal hearings, temporary restraining orders/temporary injunctions, juvenile detention hearings, and family violence protective orders.
Due to the ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Bell County District Clerk’s Office has implemented a few changes, effective immediately. It is our hope and plan to remain open to continue to serve the citizens of Bell County; however, the health of the employees and their families is certainly a priority of mine. It is my goal to eliminate as much public contact and traffic in and out of our office as possible; therefore, I am asking each of you to comply with the following temporary guidelines.
To view the complete Public Notice click here.
Until Further Notice
For the safety of our staff and the Public, effective immediately, the Bell County District Clerk's Office is closed to the public.
However, our office remains fully staffed to accommodate your needs.
For service pick-up, please contact 933-5196 to make arrangements.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
In the interest of public health, we have provided the following alternative options in lieu of face-to-face transactions in the Bell County Tax Office.
Click here for online and by-mail instructions on common Tax Office transactions.
In an effort to reduce the need for in-person transactions, Governor Abbott issued a statement on March 16, 2020, granting a temporary extension to obtain initial registration, renewal of registration, vehicle titling, and renewal of a permanent disabled parking placard. Governor Abbott also granted a temporary extension for an individual with an expired 30-day temporary permit to obtain another permit or Texas registration. This temporary waiver is in effect until 60 days after TxDMV notifies the public that normal vehicle registration, vehicle titling and related services have resumed.
You may still go online to www.txdmv.gov and renew your registration online.
What this means is your registration is still due, but you have more time to get it renewed without worrying about getting a ticket for expired registration. When the Governor and TxDMV give the “All Clear”, you will have 60 days from that point to complete your renewals without penalties.
Belton, Fort Hood, Killeen and Temple offices are currently open by appointment only. Click Here to go to the Bell County Tax Assessor-Collectors Webpage to make an appointment.
Due to the recent Bell County COVID19 Action Plan upgrade to Level 3 and the recent CDC and TDSHS modified guidelines surrounding the COVID19 pandemic, the Bell County Fire Marshal's Office will be suspending ALL inspections and public education activities until further notice. Click Here to view the updated operations plan.
The following activities have not been suspended and will continue:
- Fire investigations
- Plan reviews
- Investigation of complaints
The Bell County Fire Marshal's Office strives to ensure the safety of our citizens, visitors, and employees is met through effective education and enforcement. Our daily operations may be modified at any time depending on further information released by the CDC, TDSHS and Bell County Officials.
We ask for your continued patience and apologize for any incurred in convenience.
Beginning March 19, 2020 and continuing until May 31, 2020, the County Court at Law No. 1 has implemented Temporary Changes regarding the Civil Docket, and the Probate, Guardianship and Mental Illness Hearings. Click on the Administrative Order below to view the changes.
- Order Updating Changes in Court Proceedings Regarding Probate and Guardianship Matters
- Order Creating Temporary Changes to Personal Service and Attorney ad Litem and Guardian ad Litem Visitations in Certain Guardianship Proceedings in Response to the COVID-19 Emergency
- Order Establishing Temporary Visiting Procedures for Guardians who are Unable to Visit Wards currently residing in Nursing Homes or certain Residential Facilities